When did you first start noticing signs of aging? Too early? The sagging skin, wrinkles, and other telltale signs of advancing years often start showing up earlier than you’d expect. In fact, you may be surprised when you look in the mirror at just how much you’ve aged. Just because it’s something that everyone goes through eventually doesn’t make it any less upsetting. If you’re going through the beginnings of the aging process, then you’re probably wondering what on earth you can do to slow it down. Fortunately, there is a full array of non-invasive treatments that can help with signs of aging, including that all-too-embarrassing sagging skin. Thermage is one of the best ways to tighten skin and bring back that youthful glow. But how does it work?
Collagen and You
Collagen is the workhorse of the skin. It gives your skin the structure it needs to stay firm, smooth, youthful, and supple. Collagen is a structural protein that is in abundant supply during youth. Unfortunately, collagen levels in the skin slowly become depleted with age. Less new collagen is produced over time, leading to the signs of aging in the skin we all dread, like wrinkling and sagging skin. The body can be persuaded into producing new collagen, however, which is where Thermage treatments come in.
Thermage works by directing radiofrequency energy deep into the body’s tissues, heating the tissues and encouraging the body’s healing responses to kick in. The procedure is completely non-invasive as the laser technology that is used does not damage the skin. Following the treatment, skin tightening will occur gradually as collagen levels in the skin slowly rise. It’s an all-natural way to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and tighten sagging skin, with no surgery or needles! While many patients are concerned about sagging skin on the face, Thermage can be used to treat other areas of the body, including the arms, where sagging skin is very common.
The Thermage Treatment
Thermage sessions require no special preparation or downtime. Patients will have the treatment areas cleaned prior to the procedure, so it’s best to not wear makeup or lotions. Just before the treatment, the skin will be cooled and marked to ensure that no damage will occur from the tool’s heat. The treatment itself takes no more than 90 minutes on average. Patients generally only need one treatment, with possible touch-ups later on, as collagen levels slow down again.
Is Thermage Right For You?
Thermage is a great tool for treating mild to moderate sagging skin. However, it is not a good option for patients with lots of loose skin as the results may not be satisfactory. It’s important to have realistic expectations for the results of the procedure before you decide on Thermage treatments. Surgery may be a better option for more extensive wrinkling and sagging skin.
If you are interested in Thermage, it’s important to discuss your goals with an expert plastic surgeon to help you decide if the procedure is right for you. While there are very few candidacy requirements for Thermage, it’s not right for everyone. Your plastic surgeon may suggest an alternative treatment if he or she feels it could be more helpful for reaching your goals.
Combining Thermage with Other Treatments
For many patients, Thermage is just part of a more comprehensive anti-aging plan. Combining Thermage with other treatments, such as resurfacing treatments or injectable fillers, can be a great way to improve anti-aging results without surgery. Keep an open mind during your consultation and be sure to ask your plastic surgeon for suggestions. After all, they’re the experts.
Choosing a Thermage Expert
While Thermage is a non-surgical treatment, you will still want to seek help from a board certified plastic surgeon to ensure you get the best results possible. If you’re looking for anti-aging treatments in the Richmond, VA area, come to American Self for a consultation with Thermage expert Dr. Ruth Hillelson. Dr. Hillelson has performed over 6,500 Thermage treatments, and her consistently top-notch results speak for themselves. To schedule a consultation at American Self, call 804.290.0060 today!